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Our family has been all over the place and last weekend Daddy was away in NY for a golf tournament in honor of my cousin Troy and so the boys and me had a few days to kill together before we left for OC and the summer was over.

Sunday morning we decided to try out the new Ihop that just opened. It was enjoyable, but you can tell they just opened and are still working out some of the kinks. Excuse how awful I look, it was early, and I was un-showered, and didn’t have makeup on. Trust me its not pretty, but my boys don’t care!

Jax was freezing so he decided to cuddle with me while we waited for our breakfast!

After having a delicious breakfast we headed home. We were all pretty full, so we decided a bike ride to the school playground would be a fun way to help our tummy’s digest. We had a blast biking around the school and playing on the empty playground!

What’s that saying? “Not my Monkey’s not my Circus?”

Totally my Monkey’s and the best Circus EVER!

We were having so much fun we decided to ride to GORC park to play on that playground. That didn’t last too long, but we enjoyed the bike ride!

We finally headed home, enjoyed some down time and then met up with Aunt Nicole and Cousin Lucas for a hike at Paptasco State Park later that afternoon.


It was a beautiful hike!

The boys loving hanging out together and had a blast!

After a great hike we headed to my parents for a dip in the pool. After such a great exhausting day, the boys slept great!! I love being active with the boys and we had such a great day!

SkyZone!

As summer was quickly coming to an end,  I was looking for something fun for the boys to do. All year I keep seeing people post pictures of their kids at SkyZone, so we booked the first open time slot and after a long morning of waiting off we went!
The boys LOVED It!!!! OMG what a great way to let them burn of energy!!

Here’s a short video of Ethan making a basket! I love the huge smile at the end

And Jax bouncing, but just missing

They had so much fun!! I can’t wait to take them back!

The smiles were just priceless!!

Ocean City 2014

Below are some of my favorite pics from our family vacation in Ocean City!

And we are off!

First things first…Hit the beach!

Enjoyed a great dinner with Judy our first night there!

Beach Bums!

My little helper!

Awe, my loves!

Mini Golf!

Special treats!


Boardwalk games and snacks!


Forever and always my baby!


Surfer Dudes!

Silly Bean!

Headed in for Dip!

My redheaded baby!

Awesome day at the Waterpark!


Magic show on a rainy day! Jax got to go onstage.

Assateague  boat tour



So cool watching old fashioned taffy being made!


Had so much fun playing lots and lots of football on the beach!



Sunrise on a beautiful morning! Took us three mornings to actually get up early enough to get the pics


So much fun with the all you can ride band at Trimpers!




We are such bad parents and put them on the zipper!

What makes us even worse as we just kept laughing!



Well deserved Orange Twists!

Jax’s favorite Ride!

Ethan’s favorite!

Fun on the beach!

Sandcastle Number 1


How to get the bucket back up to the condo!

OMG Too many bubbles!!!

So excited to pick a few crabs!

Family snuggle time!

Giant Sandcastle Number 2!
5 Towers!!

Mama actually helped this year! And then got into the Ocean!


Our favorite shop of the summer!


Happy Hour on the beach! Where everyone is happy!

Beautiful Sunset!

Our last night in OC!

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As summer is quickly drawing to an end we have been trying to squeeze in a last little bit of summer fun. We enjoyed a wonderful day at the pool Saturday, and Friday we went on a super fun hike!

There was lots of excitement as the boys had tried to catch a little lizard gecko thing.

 

 

And they caught lots of these little guys!

It’s the fun mornings like this that make me wish the summer wouldn’t end, but then there is another part of me that is ready for the routine that comes with school starting.

Here are some random pics from our family over the past few months.


















All the rage on Facebook right now is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I was nominated by my nephew Lucas to take the challenge. Me and the boys accepted!

The boys also wanted to nominate Daddy, who isn’t on Facebook.

 

It was a fun thing to do and I am glad to have been a part of spreading the awareness on this terrible disease.

Quick Family Update

So I could never catch up on the last 8 months, but here are some of our highs and lows.
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  • Mike and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Barcelona, Spain in February! It was fantastic!
  • The boys celebrated birthdays (kind of obvious) and are now 9 and 6!! CRAZY
  • Jax finally learned how to ride a bike with out training wheels and we bought Daddy a bike for Fathers Day, so we have been enjoying lots of fun family bike rides!
  • They both had fantastic school years and will be starting 4th and 1st grade in a week!!!
  • Uncle Jimmy made it home safely from serving in Afghanistan, but sadly Aunt Kelly was sent over too and doesn’t come home until October.
  • We enjoyed a wonderful family vacation to Ocean City, filled with the never can get back quality family time, and so many fun family memories!
  • Sadly, we lost my cousin Troy in April. It has been very hard on the entire family, but especially my Aunt, Uncle and his brother.
  • In June we had to put to sleep our very devoted and loved beagle Jefferson, he was 10 years old.
  • Just last month we had to put down our cat Daisy who was 13 years old.
  • Florence is an only child for the first time, and hating it!
  • In happy news we have booked our first Cruise ever!! A 5 day Disney Cruise to the Western Caribbean in January!! We are surprising the kids so shhhh!!!!
  • Jax is playing tackle football and so far is loving it! Mike is an assistant coach and also loving it! Its great to see them out on the field together.
  • We are looking into some fun activities for Ethan this fall as he does not want to play soccer. I think he is going to start Karate.
  • And to make up for all of the loss our family has seen this year, we just put a deposit down on a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy we are naming Arthur! He is only two weeks old right now and we get to go meet him and his parents next Saturday.
  • It’s been a harder year for all of us, hence the lack of blogging, but things are starting to turn around so hang on as I get back to documenting “OUR CRAZY FAMILY”

Christmas Eve

Well, better late then never! Christmas Eve is a very fun, but busy day for us. We start out with brunch at my parents. Everyone comes and we enjoy good, food, company and my favorite Mimosas!
Following brunch we all played Headbandz which was pretty entertaining.

My parents with the three boys.

After a great morning we headed home to relax a bit before church and dinner. The kids sprinkled their Reindeer food on the lawn.


Before we knew it, we needed to get dressed and head to church. The kids sing on stage every Christmas Eve. You can see Jax is right up front.

And my shy guy in the back.

It was a great service, and poor Jax was so tired he passed out cold for the second half of it.

From church we headed to Mike’s Mom’s house for Christmas Eve dinner.

We had a great time with everyone and the kids were of course super excited they got to open a few presents.

After a great family evening it was time to head home and get ready for Santa’s arrival! The boys hung their stockings.

Set out the cookies, chocolate milk, and carrots for Santa and his reindeer.

Posed in a few more pictures by the tree and then it was finally time for them to head to bed!

In some ways I enjoy Christmas Eve more then Christmas Day. I love that we get to spend quality time with both sides of our family, there isn’t the stress and rush of it actually being Christmas, and the excitement and anticipation is so very thrilling. The special time with the boys is going by so quickly!! I try to enjoy everyone minute, which is why there are less pictures and posts as I am doing my  best to live in the moment rather then always documenting it.
I will get the Christmas Post up by the end of the week!

Two nights before Christmas we helped the boys decorate Gingerbread houses. Oh what fun we had.

We all got into decorating and surprisingly enough Mike makes an excellent gingerbread construction worker.


The boys had a lot fun with all the candies.



They both did a great job!

It was messy, but worth it!

The funniest part was watching the candies disappear from the houses over the next week.

Pre-Christmas Fun

There is always so much I want to get done before Christmas every year and this year was no different. My goal this year was to focus on the important things like quality time with each other, and not be so caught up in shopping and gifts. I have to say I did better then I have ever done and we enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.
Decorating the tree always makes the holiday season seem real, at least to me, and the boys while they liked putting the ornaments on the tree enjoyed playing in the box more.

The weekend before Christmas we had tickets to the Redskins Game and while it was an icky day we made the best of it.

We had to tailgate in the van due to the rain, but the boys didn’t seem to mind. Mike was less then excited when me and the boys got sushi for our tailgating. I kind of agree, not very tailgatish, but well it works!

We enjoyed family game night, with martini’s of course:) We played Christmas Monopoly and Jax crushed us!

Florence was on my team, we lost.


I had kept seeing this farm thing advertised so with the weather being as warm as it was we checked it out one night. It was a great family night and we all enjoyed it, but I am not sure we would go again unless it was as warm as it was that night. There was a fun hayride, and then we got free hot cocoa and cider.

With our drinks we sat around the lovely “bonfire”

It really was a great night and we laughed at how simple and fun it was. I think we sat around the “bonfire” for a good 45mins just enjoying the atmosphere, warm weather and each others company. You really can’t ask for much more then that!

On the colder days there was lots of cuddling
The dogs enjoyed the couches more then they are suppose to.


Jax had a great time with his friends at a school mate’s birthday part and I enjoyed catching up with the other Moms.

We enjoyed  some great dinners

And then we laughed when we spent so much at Wegmans this year that we received a lovely gift basket and gift card.

Life is what you make of it, and we do our best to make it a great!